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Gender Equality in the Arctic - Canada and Iceland

When: 18th January 2022

The lecture series is a part of the 75 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iceland.

A conversation on opportunities to increase diversity and gender equality in the Arctic through policy- and decision-making processes.

What should policy and decision makers consider as key priorities and strategies with respect to increasing diversity and gender equality in the Arctic? And how do we raise awareness and understanding of gender topics in the Arctic region?

These are among the key questions to be discussed and debated by Icelandic and Canadian speakers during this event, the next in a series hosted by the Embassy of Canada in Iceland and the Embassy of Iceland in Canada in partnership with Polar Knowledge Canada and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN).



Welcome: Ambassador Hlynur Gudjonsson, Embassy of Iceland, Ottawa


Opening Remarks: Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation, Iceland


Arctic Youth Voices on Gender Equality: TBA


Overview of the Pan Arctic Report Gender Equality in the Arctic Phase 3Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, Iceland


Arctic Youth Voices on Gender Equality: TBA


Panel discussion on Gender Equality in the Arctic:

Moderator: Ambassador Jeannette Menzies, Embassy of Canada, Reykjavík

  • Bridget Larocque, Co-Vice Chair, Arctic Athabaskan Council, SDWG
  • Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson, Specialist, Directorate of Equality Iceland, Special Advisor GEA Project
  • Sarah Cox, Director, Circumpolar Affairs Directorate, Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada & Head of Delegation, SDWG, Arctic Council
  • Juno Bertelsen, Board Member, Youth Advisory Board, Gender Equality in The Arctic (TBC)


Closing Remarks: TBA